I am thankful this morning to know that we have a Sovereign God who holds sway over the entire being of the universe. Not only that: He is the same God who has the ability to save me and keep me and loved me and gave himself for me, you, and everyone who will be called and respond to His gracious gospel! Again, I remind us of words from last week from former President of the International Mission Board, Jerry Rankin: “No matter the election results or how far America strays, He has not relinquished His throne & His kingdom will come!”
On this election morning I wanted to encourage you and remind you Who ultimately is in control, but also to encourage you to be an active citizen and vote. We have an awesome privilege in the experiment called “America” to freely exercise our voice with assurance of freedom from oppression. It is an insult to millions on earth to not participate. Here are the steps, are you ready? Pray. Pray. Vote while Praying and Pray, and Go to sleep (seriously!); wake up in the morning and ask yourself, “Who is in charge?”
The Meansville Baptist Church building will be opened all day for anyone who would like to stop in and pray. While you are here, walk up to the front and find a sticker that reads, “Kingdom Citizen: I prayed.” It should look great under your “Georgia voter” sticker!
And finally, let me further encourage you with the words of Martin Luther: “Pray, and let God worry!”
Consider these scriptures today as you pray and reflect:
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
– Revelation 1:4 – 5
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; – Daniel 2:21
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:15-16
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. – Romans 13:1-7
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:13 – 16